from movies like The Ramen Girl (with brittany murphy) to Anthony Bourdain trying to find the perfect bowl of ramen in Sapporo to David Chang and Momofuku, those packages of dried noodles i used to eat at midnight in college has become all the rage! i don’t think i truly appreciate the craze but i do appreciate the textures of ingredients, the quality of the noodles, and depth of the broth in a really good bowl of ramen. and every foodie around me seems to have a list on where to go, so i want one too!
so, here is my running list of places i’ve had ramen around the bay…
ramen dojo. known for garlic pork flavor and use of quail eggs. long wait
ramen shop in rockridge. owner is a white dude but ramen broth delicious and textures fantastic.
ken ken ramen. in the mission. seems pretty authentic. delish
tamashii – in the strip mall with ranch 99 – you get the picture
mokutanya in burlingame. known for skewers and ramen, it is a favorite for my family. bigger space and so lines are not crazy like in other parts of peninsula
nojo-SF. i love love love this place. the chicken confit in this ramen is like no other
katana ya. off union square. great pre-theatre meal as it is across ACT and the Curran
santa ramen. this is the the regular pork. very flavorful
ume – see my post in flavors anew
SOBO ramen in oakland chinatown. too much MSG and broth not that good
Ajisen ramen. pretty good for a chain and it is at the mall